Kathy Paulin joined the Associated Staffing family in September 2016 as a new addition to our Professional Staffing Division in Omaha. She has many years of HR experience in a variety of industries, including recruiting for management and executive-level positions. Kathy and her husband, Jim, live in Elkhorn.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to go in the military. I lived on bases growing up and it just seemed like I would be around people who knew me and understood me.
Q: What’s your greatest achievement?
A: Raising my kids (now 28 and 31 years old). They are very successful people and I am really proud of them.
Q: What advice do you have for future candidates?
A: Be honest. That’s the most important thing because if you’re trying to fit yourself in a mold that doesn’t fit, nobody will be successful. You won’t be happy and the company won’t be successful. Be real honest in the interview about yourself and your skills.
Q: If you could interview anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?
A: I would love to interview my dad. That would be fun to get his take on things.
Q: What hidden talents do you have?
A: I’m a storm chaser through REACT. I enjoy that during the seasons. We observe and report what we see to the National Weather Service. During the off-season, we volunteer for different events (air shows, marathons, walk-a-thons).
Q: If you could switch your job with anyone else in the company, whose job would you want?
A: Marketing. I like the creativity and the marketing side of things. It would be a true challenge.
Q: Who is (or has been) the most influential leader in your life:
A: I had a mentor in my very first HR job and he brought me up through the ranks and fast tracked me in my career in human resources. He’s been the most influential in my career.
Q: What would people never guess you do in your role?
A: I don’t think anyone knows just how many resumes I look at in a day. By 10 a.m. yesterday morning, I had looked at over 500 resumes.
Q: Describe Associated Staffing in just three words:
A: Friendly. Professional. Customer-oriented.
Q: What do you do on your days off?
A: My husband and I spend time with our dog, go to wineries, walk in the Old Market and try to get some time in with our grandkids as well.